For those unfamiliar with the term, a retcon is this: Urban Dictionary: retcon
I'm wondering with all the new innovations to the series is it time that some Pokémon were retconned in terms of stats, gender exclusivity, evolution methods, or even typing?
Looking back on it, moves are retconned all the time with a lot of them being buffed in Gen 5; however, Pokémon themselves, even with the advent of Dream World abilities, are left behind and forgotten in terms of strength or usefulness. Thus far the only retcons to Pokémon themselves have been:
-Magnemite and Magneton becoming part Steel.
-Rotom's forms becoming part of the type of whatever move they received.
-Feebas's evolution to Milotic via Prism Scale.
That's all that comes to mind, but are some obvious ones that should be implemented or at least considered:
-Bumping up a few stats for some older Pokémon. Sometimes all a Pokémon needs is a 20 point or so bump to Attack/Sp.Attack/Speed to become useful.
-Simplifying the vast amount of trade evolutions to simply require holding the item and leveling up (during time of day or not).
-Introducing new evolution stones are reapplying existing ones were applicable (Leaf Stone = Leafeon).
-Making certain Pokémon gender specific (Gardevoir being only female).
-Making Azurill Water type and NOT Normal like it currently is (I still feel this was a mistake).
-Adding subtypes to make some Pokémon more interesting (Luxio and Luxray being part Dark or the Gothita line part Dark).
I'm drawing a lot of these ideas from some fan "hacks", but the point still remains. Since we're moving into the 3D animation, why not make some long needed changes to Pokémon while we're at it? I don't think anyone would complain too much at this point.